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Oakland Lodge, No. 188, i 

OF • 


Being the Uniform Code recommended by the Grand Lodge at 
its Annual Communication, A. L. 5860 ; 



Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of California ; 



Stated Meetings first Wednesday of eacli month. 




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mi\mi\ Miie, iU. 188, iA%M^ 

DECEMBER. A. L. 5868. 

Natuan W. Spauli>in<j . Master. 

J. B. ScoTCHLER ■ Sen. Warden. 

E. H. Pardee Jun. Warden. 

\j. G. Chapman Treasurer. 

Chas. B. Rt'THERFORD Secretary. 

W. A. Parkixsox Sen. Deacon. 

A. W. Hawkktt Jmi. Deacon. 

F. Reichltng Marshal. 

B. F. Stillwell ] ^,, 

T « TT -iTr r stewards. 

Jas. H. Wilson ) 

G. Pi. Walker TifUr. 




Section 1. This Lodge shall be known by the name 
of Oakland Lodge, No. 188, of Free and Accepted 
Masons ; and its officers shall consist of a Master, a 
Senior Warden, a Junior Warden, a Treasurer, a 
Secretary, a Senior Deacon, a Junior Deacon, a Mar- 
shal, two Stewards, a Tyler, and such other officers 
as the Lodge may deem proper to appoint. 



Section 1. The Master, the Senior and Junior 
Wardens, the Treasurer, and the Secretary, shall be 
elected by ballot, in conformity with Section 1, Arti- 
cle 1, Part IV, of the Constitution* of the Grand 
Lodge. The other officers shall be appointed by the 
Master, except the Junior Deacon, who may be ap- 
pointed by the Senior Warden. 



Section 1. The stated meetings of this Lodge shall 


be holden ou the first Wednesday in each month, 
commencing at 7.} o'clock, p.m., from October 1st to 
March 1st, and at 8 O'clock, p.m., during the remain- 
der of the year. 

Sec. 2. Special meetings may be called from time 
to time, as the Lodge or the presiding officer thereof 
may direct. 



Section 1. All petitions for initiation or affilia- 
tion must be signed by the petitioner, and be re- 
commended by two members of the Lodge. Every 
such petition shall be referred to a committee of 
three, whose duty it shall be to report thereon at 
the next stated meeting (unless further time be 
granted), when the applicant may be balloted for, 
and received or rejected, or the ballot may be post- 
poned until the ensuing stated meeting, as the Lodge 
may determine. 

Sec. 2. If any applicant, elected to receive the 
degrees in this Lodge, does not come forward to be 
initiated within three months thereafter, the fee shall 
be forfeited, unless the Lodge shall otherwise di- 

Sec. 3. Every person raised to the degree of Mas- 
ter Mason in, or elected a member of, this LoOge, 
shall sign the By-Laws thereof. 



Section 1. The Treasurer shall receive all mon- 

eys from the Secretary ; shall keep an accurate and 
just account thereof ; and shall pay the same out 
only upon an order duly signed by the Mastei;^-sind 
countersigned by the Secretary. He shall, at the 
stated meetings in June and December f>f each year, 
submit a report !n full of the monetary transactions 
of the Lodge. The Lodge may also, at any time 
when considered necessary, cause him to present an 
account of his receipts and disbursements, and of the 
amount of funds on hand. 

Sec. 2. He shall, if required by the Lodge, exe- 
cute a good and sufficient bond to the Master for the 
laithful performance of his dtuties. 



Section' L The Secretary shall keep a faithful 
record of all proceedings proper to be written ; 
shall transmit a copy of the same to the Grand 
Lodge, when required ; shall keep a separate ac- 
count for each member of the Lodge ; shall report 
at the stated meetings in June and December, the 
amounts due by each : shall receive all moneys due 
th^ Lodge, and pay the same to the Treasurer ; and 
shall perform all such other duties as may properly 
appertain to his office. 

Sec. 2. He shall receive such compensation for 
his services as the Lodge may direct. 




Section 1. The Tyler, in additioa to the necessary 
duties of his office, shall serve all notices and sum- 
monses, and perform such other services as may be 
required of him by the Lodge. 

Sec. 2. He shall receive such compensation for 
his services as the Lodge may direct. 



Section 1. The table of fees for this Lodge shall 
be as follows : • 

To accompany the Petition, . . . $30.00 
Before taking the First Degree, . . 20.00 

Total for the Three Degrees, . $50,00 
. For Affiliation, 5.00 



Section 1. The dues of each member of this 
Lodge shall be one dollar per month, payable quar- 
terly in advance. 

Sec. 2. No member who shall be in arrears for 
dues at the time of the annual election, shall be per- 
mitted to vote, or shall be eligible to any office. 

Sec. 3. Any member who shall have been sus- 
pended for non-payment of his dues shall be restored 
to membership upon payment of all arrearages. 

Sec. 4. Any meiiiber ia §aod stauding uiay with- 
draw from membership by paying his dues and noti- 
fying the Lodge to that effect at a stated meeting ; 
but no recommendatory certificate shall be i^ned 
liiiless ordered by the TiOdge. 

Section' 5. Any memb^' may become a life mem- 
ber of this Lodge l>y paying to tlie Lodge the sum^ 
of one hundred dollars, and should such life mem- 
bers wish to demit, he shall be. entitled to fifty per 
cent of the original amount paid. But in case of the 
death of such a life member his widow or orphans 
shall be entitled to the whofe-kniount paid in. 


OK C O M M 1 T T k E S . 

SEC'l*o^ 1. The Master anil Wai'eJens shall be a 
Charity- Gommittee, and shall have power to draw 
upon the Treasurer for any sum not exceeding twenty- 
five dollars at any one time, for the relief of a dis- 
tressed worthy brother, his wife, widow or orphans. 

Sec. 2. The Master, at the stated meeting next 
succeeding his installation, shall appoint an auditing 
committee, whose duty it shall be to examine all ac- 
counts presented against the I^odge. 

Sec S. All reports of committees shall be made 
in writing. 



Sectjox 1. When a candidate for initiation or af- 


filiation is rt^jected, or a brother reprimanded, sus- 
pended, or expelled, no member or visitor shall re- 
real, either directly or indirectly, to such persons, or 
to any 6fher, any transactions which may have taken 
place'on the subject 'f nor shall any proceeding of 
the Lodge, not proper to be made public, be disclosed 
outside thereof, under the penalty of reprimand, 
suspension, or expulsiun, aa the Lodge may deter- 



Section L The regular order of business, at every 
staled meeting of this Lodge, shall be as follows : 

L Reading the Minutes. 

2. Reports of Committees. 

'i. Ballotings. 

4. Reception of Petitions. 

.5. Miscellaneous and Unfinished Business. 

6. Conferring Degrees. 


() F A M END M E N T S . 

Section 1. These By-Laws, so far as relates to 
the time of meeting, and the amount of fees, dues, 
and disbursements by the charity committee, may be 
amended at any stated meeting, by the votes of two- 
thirds of the members present; provided, that notice 

BY-LAWS. ll*^ 

of such ameudment shall have been given at the 
stated meeting next preceeding ; but such amend- 
ment shall have no effect until approved by the 
Grand Lodge or Grand Master, and until such ap- 
proval shall have been transmitted to the Grand 

It OAKLAND l-()l)(JK. 


(;rand LODGi: constitution. 

''No Lodge shall expel a member for the nonpay- 
ment of his dues ; but in case any member shall have 
refused or neglected to pay his regular dues during 
a period of six months, he shall be notified that, un- 
less at the next stated meeting, cither his dues be 
paid, or sickness or inability to pay be shown as the 
cause of such refusal or neglect, he will be suspend- 
ed from all the rights and privileges of Masonry. If 
neither of these things be done, he shall be so sus- 
pended, unless, for special reasons: shown, the Lodge 
may otherwise determine: but any Mason thus sus- 
pended, who shall at any time pay the arrearages 
due at the time of his suspension, togethei^ with such 
further dues as would, had he retained \m mem])er- 
ship, have accrued against him to the date of such 
payment, shall by that act be restored." 


•'The suspension of a Mason is a temporary depri- 
vation of all his rights and privileges as such, and 
prohibits all Masons and Lodges from holding any 
Masonic intercourse whatever with him, until he 
shall be legally restored by the Lodge which sus- 
pended him, or by the Grand Lodge." 



"IL All Masons heretofore stricken from the 
rolls of Lodges within this jurisdiction, for nonpaj- 
ment of dues, who have not been reinstated, are 
hereby declared to be suspended, as provided in 
Sec. 9, Art. Ill, Part ill. of the new Constitution.- 
[May. 18r)9.-'] 

Juiwral J'm'iu. 

No Mason can be interred with the iormalities of 
I be Order, unless he shall have been raised to the 
Third Degree. Fellow Crafts and Entered Appren- 
tices are not entitled to ^lasonic obsequies, nor can 
they join in processions on such occasions. 

All brethren in attendance at a funeral' should 
be decently clothed in black, with crape iipon the 
left arm, and with white gloves and aprons. 

The brethren having assembled at the Lodge 
room, the Master opens the Lodge in the Third De- 
gree of Masonry, and states the purpose for which 
it has been called together. 

The service is then commenced as follows : 

Master. What man is he that liv^th and shall not 
see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand 
of the grave ? 

Response. Man walketh in a vain shadow; be 
heapeth up riches and cannot tell who shall gather 

Master. When he dieth, he shall carry nothing 
away ; his glory shall not descend after him. 

Response. Naked came he into the world, and 
naked must he return. 


Master. Tiio Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken 
away ; blessed be the name of the Lord. 

Solemn music may here be introduced, after which 
the Master, taking the Sacred Roll in his hand, says 

Let us die the death of the righteous, and let our 
last end be like theirs. 

Response. God is our God for ever and ever ; 1 le 
will be our guide ev(Mi unto death. 

The Master then records the name and age of the 
deceased upon the roll and says : 

Almighty Father ! . Into Thy hands vve commend 
the soul of our beloved brother. 

Response. (Repeated thrice, giving the Grand 
Honors each time.) The will of God is accomplished! 
So mote it be ! Amen ! 

The Master then deposits the roll in the archives^ 
and regf^ats the following prayer : 

Most glorious God ! Author of all good, and Giver 
of all mer^^y ! Pour down Thy blessings upon us. we 
beseech TJvee, and strengthen our solemn engage- 
ments with the ties of sincere affection ! Endow us 
with fortitude and resignation in this our dark hour 
of sorFOw, and grant that this afflicting dispensation 
from Thy hands may be sanctified in its results upon 
the hearts of those who now meet here to mourn ! 
May the present instance-of mortality remind us of 
our approaching fate, and draw our attention to- 
wards Thee, the only refuge in time of need : that 
when the awful moment shall arrive at which we. 
too, must quit this transitory scene, the enlivening 
prospect of Thy mercy may dispel the gloom of death. 


niid that, alier our departure hence, in peace and in 
Thy favor, we may be received into Thy everlasting 
kingdom, to enjoy the just reward of a virtuous and 
pious life. Amen. 

Response. So mote it be ' 

Solemn mvisic may here again be introduced, during 
which a procession is formed. If the body be not in 
the Lodge room, the procession will move to the 
house of the deceased, and thence with his remains 
to the place of sepulture, in the following: order : 

The Tyler, with a drawn sword; 

Stewards, with white Rods ; 

Musicians : 

(If Masioii^. otherwise tlicy will follow the Tyler :) 

Master Masons ; 

Junior and Senior Deacons ; 

Secretary and Treasurer ; 

Junior and Senior AVardens : 

I'ast Masters 5 

The Holy Writings ; 

(Oi) I enshion covered with black clotli, cairied by the 
oldest member of the Lodge;) 

The JMaster ; 

The Reverend Clergy : 

With the Insignia MB placed thereon ; 
Pall Bearers ; H Pall Dearer? : 

R XKRAL SKllVrcK. 17 

The Bretliroii should not leave thoir places durin<j: 
the procession. Upon arrivinp; at the place of burial, 
the members ol" the Lodge will form a circle around 
the grave ; the clergyman and officers of the Lodge 
will proceed to its head, and the mourners will be 
placed at its foot. The services will then be rcsunuMl 
by the Master, as follows : 

Once more, my Brethren, have we assembled to 
perform the last sad and solemn duties to the dead. 
The mournful notes whixjh betoken the departure of 
a spirit from its earthly tabernacle have again 
alarmed our outer door, and another has been taken 
to swell the numbers in that unknown land whither 
our fathers have gone before us. 

Our Brother has reached the end of life. The brit- 
tle thread which bound him to earth has been sev- 
ered, and the liberated spirit has winged its flight to 
the unknown world. The silver cord is loosed; tlie 
golden bowl is broken : the pitcher is broken at the 
fountain, and the wheel is broken at the cistern. The 
dust has relumed to the earth as it was. jind the 
spirit has returned to God who gave it. 

While we deplore the loss of our beloved Brother. 
and pay this fraternal tribute to his memory, let us 
not forget, my Brethr(^n, that we, too, are mortal ; 
that our bodies, now lo'Mrong and vigorous, must 
ere long, like his, becbfne tenants of the narrow- 
grave ; and that our spirits", too, like his. must re- 
turn to the Goil who spake them into existence : 
'* Man that is born of a woman is of few davs. and 

is (>AK.I,AM> LODGE. 

i'nW of trouljle. He convMIi Ibrtli as a flower, aud is 
cut down ; he fleetb also as a shadow, and continueth 
not.-' The Almighty yw^ lias gone forth— ''Dust 
thou art, ^nd unto dust bhalt thou return ;" — and 
that we are all subject to tliat dread decree, the sol- 
emu cause of our present meeting, the daily observ- 
ation of our lives, and the mournful mounds which 
indicate this population of the dead^furnif^h evidence 
not to be forgotten. 

Seeing, theh,'niy Brethren, that life is so uncertain, 
and that all earthly ]3ursuits are vain, let us no longer 
postpone the all-importaat concern of preparing for 
eternity; but let us embrace the present moment, 
whil^ time; and 0])portunity are offered, to provide 
against that great^change when all the pomps and 
pleasures of this fleeting world will pall upon the 
seiiae,'.iiitid the recoli^cUon of a virtuous and well 
spent life will yield the.<)nly comfort and consolation. 
Thus we shall not be hurried, unprepared; into the 
preseuce of that all-wise and powerful Judge, to 
'whom the secrets of all hearts are known ; and on 
the gi'eat day of reckoning we shall be ready to give 
a good account of our stewardship while here on 

With becoming- reverence, then, let us supplicate 
the Divine Grace to insure the favor of that eternal 
Being whose goodness and power know no bounds ; 
that, on the arrival of that momentous hour when the 
fading taper of human life shall faintly glimmer in 
the socket of existence, our faith may remove the 
dark shroud, draw aside the sable curtains of the 


tomb, and bid Hope sustain and cheer the departing 

This city of the dead, my Brethren, has an over- 
whelming emphasis in its solemn silence. It tells us 
of the gathering, within its embrace, of the parents- 
fondest hopes;' of the disseverance of all earthly 
ties to the departed ones who gave us birth ; of the 
darkness into which the bright prospects of the lov- 
ing husband and the devoted wife have suddenly 
been engulphed ; of the unavailing grief of the af- 
lectionato brother and tender sister ; of the dread 
f^leep of death which here envelopes the subject of 
many an early, many an instantaneous call into eter- 
uity, given in the midst of health, of gayety, and of 
brighest hopes. 

And our departed Brother, where is he? All that 
remains of him here on earth is now enclosed in that 
narrow coffin, a lifeless mass of clay. The deep, the 
agonizing^^sorrow of those to whom he was most 
near and dear— the scalding tears which have been 
shed upon his last earthly tenement— the manly and 
fraternal grief of his brethren of the Mystic tie — 
are all by him unheeded. His every faculty has tied: 
the purple current which sustained his life has ceased 
to flow" 5 the tongue, which was wont to give utter- 
ance to the emotions and feelings of the heart, per- 
forms no more its functions ; the eyes, which so late 
reflected the movements of the intelligent principle 
within, are now closed in death ; unfitted to remain 
longer upon the earth, we lay him reverently beneath 


its surface. A little narrow spot is all that he now 
can fill ; the clod will hide him from our view, and 
the places which have known him here, will known 
him no more forever. 

We consign him to the grave— to tlie long sleep of 
death ; . and so profound will be that sleep that 
the giant tread ot the earthquake, even, shall not 
disturb it. There will he slumber until the Arch- 
angel's trump shall usher in that eventful morn, 
when, by our vSupreme Grand Master's word, he will 
be raised to that blissful Lodge which no time can 
remove, and which, to those worthy of admission, will 
remain open during the boundless ages of eternity. 
In that Heavenly Sanctuary, the Mystic Light un- 
riinglcd with darkness, will reign unbroken and per- 
petual. There, amid the sunbeam smiles of Immu- 
table Love, under the benignant bend of the All- 
Seeing Eye, in that temple, not made with hands, 
eternal in the heavens — there, my Brethren, may 
Almighty God of His infinite mercy, grant that we 
may finally meet to part no more. 

The following invocations are then rehearsed by 
the Master and responded to by the Brethren. 

Master. May we be true and faithful, and may we 
live and die in love ! 

Response, So mote it be ! 

Master. May we profess only that which is good, 
and may we always act in accordance with our pro- 
fessions ! 

Response. So mote it be ! 


Master. May the Lord bless us and prosper \x^, 
and may all our good intentions be crowded with 
success I 

Response. So mote it be ! 

Master. Glory be to God in the highest 1 on earth 
IHjace and goodwill toward men. 

Respome. So mote it be, now. henceforth, and for- 
evcrmore. Amen ! 

The apron is then taken from the coffin and handed 
to the Master ; the coffin is deposited in the grave ; 
and the Master continues : 

This Lambskin, or white apron, in an emblem of 
innocence, and the peculiar badge of a Mason. It is 
more ancient than the Golden Fleece or Roman 
Eagle, and, when worthily worn, more honorabh^ 
than Star or Garter, or any other order which eafthly 
power can confer. This emblem I now deposit in 
the grav^-Q of our deceased Brother. (Drops it in the 
grave.) <j^)- this act we are reminded of the univer- 
sal dominion of death. The arm of Friendship can- 
not oppose the King of Terrors ; the shield of 
fraternal love cannot protect his victim ; nor can 
the charms of innocence avert his fatal touch. All, 
all must die. This grave, that coffin, and this circle 
of mourning friends, remind us that we too are mor- 
tal, and that ere long our bodies also shall moulder 
into dust. How important, then; it is for us to know 
that our Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at 
the latter day upon the earth. ' 

(Taking the sprig of Acacia in his hand.) 


This Evergreen, which once marlved the temporary 
resting place of one ilhistrious in Masonic history, is 
an emblem of our enduring faith in the immortality 
of the sonl. By it we are reminded that we haye an 
immortal part within us, which shall survive the 
grave, and which will never, never die. By it we are 
admonished that, though like onr Brother, whose re- 
mains now lie before us, we too shall soon be clothed 
in the ^habiliments of death, and be deposited in the 
silent tomb, yet, through the loving goodness of our 
Supreme Grand Master we may confidently hope 
that, like this Evergreen, our souls will hereafter 
flo^irish io eternal spring. 

The Brethren here move in procession aronnd the 
grave, each depositing in it a sprig of Evergreen as 
he passes the head. The Secretary then drops his 
Roll upon the coffin : and the public Grafl,d Honors 

are giveq thrice, all repeating at each tim^^ 
The will of God is accomplished ! So mote it be I 


The ceremony is then continued by the Master, as 

follows : 

From time immemorial it has been the custom, 

among the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons. 

at the reqyest of a Brother, to accompany his remftins 

to the place of interment, and there to deposit them 

with the usual formalities of the Craft. 
In conformity to this usage, and accordance with 

the duty which we owe to our departed Brother, 

whose loss we most deeply do deplore, we have as- 


sembled ia the character of Masons to offer up to 
his memory, before the world, the last sad tribute of 
our atfection ; thereby demonstrating the sincerity 
of our past esteem for him, and our steady attach- 
ment to the principles of our beloved Order. 

The Great Creator having been pleased, in His in- 
finite wisdom, to remove our Brother from the cares 
and troubles of this transitory life, thus severing 
another link in the fraternal chain by which we are 
bound together— let us.who survive him, be yet more 
strongly cemented by the ties of union, frieadship, 
and brothdrly love ; that, during the brief space 
allotted to us here, ^'e may wisely and usefully em- 
plufj our time, and, in the reciprocal intercourse of 
wise and friendly acts, mutually promote the welfare 
and happiness of each other. 

Unto the grave we have consigned the body of 
our deceased Brother — earth to earth, ashes to ashefe. 
dust td dust — there to remain until the last trump 
shall souud on the resurrection morn. We can trust- 
fully leayie him in the hands ot a beuificent Being 
who has done all things well; who is glorious in His 
holiness, wondrous in His power, and boundless in 
His goodness 5 and it should only be our endeavor 
so to improve the solemn warning now before us, 
that, on the great day of account, we, too, may be 
found worthy to inherit the kingdom prepared for 
us from the foundation of the world. 

To the bereaved relatives of him we mourn, who 
Eow stand heart stricken by the heavy hand which 


has thus been laid upon them, we have but little of 
this world's consolation to present. We deeply, sin- 
cerely and most affectionately sympathise with them 
in this afflicting dispensation ; and we put up our 
most fervent prayers that " He who tempers the 
wind to the shorn lamb,-' will look down with com- 
passion upon the widow and the fatherless, in the 
hour of desolation, and will fold the benevolent 
arms of His love and protection around those who 
are thus bereft of their earthly stay. 

The Master, or Chaplain, will then repeat the fol- 
lowing prayer : 

Almighty and Eternal God— in whom we live and 
move, and have our being— and before whom all 
men must appear at the Judgment Day, to render an 
account of their deeds while in this life — we, who 
are daily exposed to the flying shafts of death, and 
do now surround the grave of one who has fallen 
Mn our midst, do most humbly beseech Tliee to im- 
press deeply on our minds the solemnities of this 
day, and to grant that their remembranee may be the 
means of turning our thoughts from the fleeting van- 
ities of the present world, to the lasting glories of 
the world to come. Let us continually be reminded 
of the frail tenure by which we hold our earthly ex- 
istence ; that in the midst of life we are in death ; 
and that, however uprifjht may have been our walk, 
and however square our conduct, we must all submit 
as victims to the great destroyer, and endure the 
humble level of the tomb. Grant us Thy divine as- 


distance, O most merciful God, to redeem our mis- 
spent time ; and,, in the discharge of the important 
duties which Thou hast assigned us in the er2ction 
Vf our moral edilice,, wilt Thou give us vjisdom to di- 
rect us, sirengt^L to support us, and the heauiy of holi- 
ness to adorn our labors and render them accepta- 
ble in Thy sight. And wh^n our loork on earth is 
done, and our bodies shall go down to mingle with 
their kindred dust, may our immortal souls, freed 
from their cumbrous clay, be received into Thy keep- 
ing, to rest forever in tl)at spiritual house, not made 
with hands, eternal in the Heavens. Amen I 

'^^sponse. So mote it be I 

The Master then approaches the head of the graye 
and says: ^ , if*"* 

Soft and safe to you, ^ny. Brother, be this earthy 
bed ! Byight and glorious be thy rising from it! 
Fragi'aut i^e the cassia sprig that here shall flourish I 
May the tjarliest bud? of spring unfold their beau- 
ties o'er this your resting place, and here may the 
sweetest of the summers Jast rose linger longest I 
Though the cold blasts of a^itumn may lay them in the 
dust, and for a time destroy the loveliness of their ex- 
istence, yet the destruction, is not final, and in the 
spring they shall surely bloom again. So, in the 
bright morning of the world's resurrection, your mor- 
tal frame now laid in the dust by the chilling blast of 
Death, shall spring again into newness ot life, and 
expand, in immortal beauty, in realms beyond the 
skies. Until then, dear Hrother. until then farewell ! 

26 OAKLAND l.OmiE. 

^BenedkUon.) The Lord bless us and keep us— the 
Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious 
unto us— the Lord lift upon us the light of his coun- 
tenance, and give us peace. 

Response. Amen ! So mote it bo. 

Thus the services end. The procession will roform 
and return to the Lodge room, and the Lodge will 
])e closed in the customary manner. 



Air — PleyeVs German Hymn. 

1. Solemn strikes the fun'ral chime, 
Notes of our departing time, 

As we journey here below 
Through a pilgrimage ot woe. 

2. Mortals now indulge a tear, 
For mortality is here ; 

See how wide her trophies wave 
O'er the slumbers of the grave. 

3. Here, another guest we bring ! 
g«raphs, of celestial wing, 

To our fun'ral altar come ; 
Waft a Friend and Brother home. 

4. Far beyond the grave, there lie 
Brighter mansions in the sky ; 
Where, enthroned, the Deity 
Gives man immortality. 

5. There, enlarged, his soul will see 
What was vailed in mystery ; 
Heavenly glories of the place 
Show his Maker '^face to face.*' 


6. God of Life's Eternal Day ! 
Guide us, lest from thee we stray 
By a false, delusive light, 

To the shades of endless night. 

7. Calm, the Good Man meets his fate : 
Guards celestial round him wait ! 
See ! he bursts these mortal chains, 
And o'er Death the vict'ry gains ! 

8. Lord of all below, above, 

Fill our souls with Truth and Love : 
As dissolves our Earthly Tie, 
Take us to Thy Lodge on High i 

Note.— It is customary to sing only the 1st, 3d and 8th 
stanzas. On funeral occasions the first two of these may 
be sung on entering the burial ground^ while mpving in 
procession ; and the last during the ceremonies at the 
grave. '^'' 



Air— Home, Sweet Home. 

Farewell till again we shaU welcome the time 
Which brings us once more to our fame-cherished 

shrine ; 
And though from each other we distant may roam, 
Again may all meet in thi?, our dear lored home : 

Home, home — ?weet, sweet liome ; ' ■ 
May every dear Brother find joy and peace at home. 

And when our last parting on earth shall di'awnigh,- 
And we Shall be called to the Grand Lodge on high, 
May each be prepared, when the summons shall come, 
To meet the Grand Master in Heaven, our Home : 

Home, home — sweet, sweet home ; 
May every dear Brother in Heaven find a home. 



Air — PkiieVs German Il^fmn* 

1. Ah ! when shall we three meet like them, 
Who last were at Jerusalem ? 
For three there were, and one is not— 
He lies where Cassia marks the spot. 

2.- Though poor he was, with kings he trod : 
Though great, he humbly knelt to God ^. 
Ah ! when shall those restore again 
The broken links of Friendship's chain ? 

:\. Behold ! where mourning Beauty bent 
In silence o'er his monument, 
And wildly spread in sorrow %h&v% 
The ringlets of the flowing hair ! 

4. The future sons of grief shall sigh. 
While standing round in Mystic Tie, 
And raise their hands, alas! to Heaven. 
In anguish that no hope is given. 

5. From whence we came, or whither go. 
Ask me no more, nor seek to know. 

Till three shall meet, who formed, like them. 
The Grand Lodge at Jerusalem. 

V F. & A. M. 

March 7. 18t)«. 
The following named Brethren met at the Hall of 
Live Oak Lodge, in the City of Oakland, for the 
purpose of petitioning Wm: A. Davies, the Grand 
Master of the State of California, for a dispensation 
to form a new Lodge, to be known as Oaki.anh 
Lodge, F. & A. M. : 

Nathan W. Spaulding, form'ly of Mission Lodge, No. ItW, 

Joseph W. Hoag, formerly 6f Live Oak Lodge, No. 61, 

Enoch Hi Pardee, " Excelsior Lodge, No. 166, 

Geoege R. Walker, " Mount Moriah Lodge, 44, 

John W. Myrick, ' Rising JStar.No. 83, 

Chas. B. Rutherford, '• Tuolumne Lodge, No. 3, 

Arthur W. Hawkett, *• Live Oak Lodge, No. 61, 

Wm. C. Hoaglanp, ♦• Naval Lodge, No. 87, 

John Laing, " Live Oak Ledge, No. 61, 

William H. Smith, " Warren Lodge, No. 147. 

Perry Johnson, ' ' Live Oak Lodge, No. 61 , 

John Hill, " Victoria, No. 783, B. G. 

Francis Reichling. " Volcano Lodge. No. 5G. 

Whose names appeared in the Dispensation, and 
comprise the Charter Members of Oakland Lodge. 
After the transaction of the necessary business, the 


meeting adjourned, to await tbe action of the Grand 
Master, and to asfenmble at the call of the Chairman. 
On Mai-ch 18th, 1868, the above named brethren re- 
assembled at the call of Bro. Nathan W. Spaulding, 
the appointed Mastei* of the new Lodge under dis- 
pensation, who stated that their prayer for a dis- 
pensation had been granted, and that all the neces- 
sary documents for the formation of a Lodge were 
now in his possession. 

After the reading of the Dispensation, bearing 
date March 16th, a.l. 58C8 (a.d. 18«8), signed by 
AVm. A. Davies, Grand Master, and Alex. G. Abel, 
Grand Secretary, appginting Brother Nathan, W. 
Spaulding the first Ma^^ter, Bro. Joseph W. Hoag the 
first S. W., and Bro. Enoch H. Pardee the first J. W., 
the Master appointed the following Brethren to fill 
the several stations : Francis Heichling, Treasurer ; 
Charles B. Rutherford, Secretary ; L. G. <}|^apman. 
S. D. P, T.; A. W. Hawkett, J. D.; Pei^y Johnson 
and John Hill, Stewards ; G. R. Walker, Marshal ; 
and E. L .Smith, Tyler, P. T. After fixing the time 
of meetings, and the transaction of such other busi- 
ness as was deemed proper, the Lodge closed, to 
meet on Wednesday, April 1st. 

The first regular meeting of Oakland Lodge was 
held on Wednesday Evening, April 1, 1868, at which 
time the first petitions were received by the Lodge 
for affiliation and degrees. 

The next meeting was May Gib, 1868, at which 
time the Lodge was in full and successful opera- 

FORMATIOX OF lod(;e. 33 

tion, and balloted upon its first petitions, and com- 
menced its Labors as a working Masonic body. 

On the 1st of October, 1868, the time having ex- 
pired for which the Dispensation was granted, it was 
surrendered, and the necessary steps taken to secure 
from the Grand. Lodge a Charter. A Charter having 
been granted by the Grand Lodge, bearing date 
October 15, a.l. 5868 (a.d. 1868). No. 188, the mem- 
bers met on the 4th of November, and Oakland 
Lodge, No. 188, was constituted and its officers in- 
stalled, by Bro. Lawrence C. Owens, appointed by 
the Grand Master. Charles Marsh, for that purpose, 
assisted by Past Masters J. E. Whicher, F. Warner 
afid Bro. James Lentell, Master of Live Oak Lodge. 
Bro. N. W. Spaulding was installed Master ; J. W. 
Hoag, S. W. ; E. H. Pardee, J. W.; F. Reichling, 
Treasurer ; Chas. B. Rutherford, Secretary 5 L. G. 
Chapman. S. D.; J. W. Myrick, J. D.; Thos. Bailey 
and B: f*. Stilwell, Stewards ; W. J. Gurnett, Mar- 
shal ; G.^lt:* Walker, Tyler; and E. J. Pasmore, 
Organist. Number of Charter Members at the organ- 
ization of the Lodge, May 6th, 186>', thirteen ; num- 
ber of members May 26th, 1869, eighty-nine Master 
Masons ; two Fellow Crafts ; six Entered Appren- 


mhUwxA 'Mi}t,M«. 188, |.& |k.|«. 

>xay r^e, is««. 


Sfaulding, N. AV. 


Bailey, Thos. W. 


HOAG, J. W. 


Gnrnett.'W. J. 


Pardee, E. H. ^ 


Scotchler, J.B. 


Reichling, F. 


Dnsenbury, M. T."^ 


Rutherford, Ch AS. B 

. 25. 

Pasmore, E. J. 


Hawketk, A. W. 


Van Wyck, John C. 


Myrick, J. W. 


Snook, Wm. S. 


Walker. Geo. R. 


Knowles, C. d* 


JoHNsox, Pkrrv 


Campbell, y.'liL 


Hoa(;laxd, Wm. (•. 


Remillard, P. N. 


Hill, John 


Wilson, Jas. H. 


LAix(i, John 


Geary, Edward B. 




Tucker, H. S. 


Eastland, Van Leer 


Miller, Wm. H. 


Chapman, I^. G. 


Bartlett, Pliny 


Tickner, Daniel 


Larue, Jas. 


StilWell, B. F. 


Parkinson, Wm. H. 


BatcbeUler, Jas. 


Webster, Jas. A. 


Hanna, John 


Hays, Patrick 


McCuvdy, Robert 


Lucas, Chas. L. 



41. Sessions, Edward C. 

42. Adams, C. S. 

43. Williams, C. S. 

44. Whitney, Geo. E. 

45. Reinach, E. S. 

46. Phillips, M. 0. 

47. Matty, Chas.' 

48. Kelly, C. M. . 

49. Blethen, Jas. E. 

50. Craib, Wm. 

51. Heilner, S. A. 

52. Smith, John F, 

53. Stewart, Jas. T. 

54. Smith, G. Frank 

55. Harwood, W. 1). 

56. Greenhood, Jacob 

57. Whelan, Alanson 

58. Loring, Geo. Y. 

59. Davenport, J. P. 

60. Muscat, k H. 

61. Becht, Joseph 

62. Armstrong, R. A. 

63. Walker, Lysander 

64. Storr,,E. S. 

65. Van Dyke, Walter 

66. Holmes, Stillman 


1. Moore, Gorham H. 

2. Watson, John B. 

3. Noblett, Robert 

67. Brown, Geo. S. 

68. Cook, John 

69. Mann, F. A. 

70. Bryant, Daniel 

71. Pierson, Geo. 

72. Verhave, Adrian 

73. Bartling, Wm. 

74. Hale, Thomas T. 

75. Pratt, D. W. 

76. Williams. R. N. 

77. Faulkner, George L. 

78. Folger, James A. 
.79. Briar, R. W. 

80. Allardt, George F. 

81. Pinkerton, Thos. H. 

82. Rosenberg, N, 

83. Searing, Wm. S. 
81. Ward. Robert 
S5, Smith, E. J. 

86. Kelly, Wm. 

87. Doblin, Jacob 

88. Terry, V, P. 

89. Kipps, A. K. 

Fellow Craft. 

1. Kilbourn. Walter L. 

2. Page, Samuel 


4. Ough, Richard 

5. Keller, W. W. 

6. Rea, Thomas 




N. W. Spaulding, 

E. H. Pardee, 

F. Reichling, 

G. R. Walker. 
James Batchelder, 
J. B. Scotchler, 
C. B. Rutherford, 
W. H, Miller, 
Myroa T. Dusenbury, 

Wm. Jas. Gurnett, 
Joseph Becht, 
E. S. Reinach, 
G. Frank Smith, 

E. J. Pasraore, 
Chas. L. Lucas, 

F. M. Campbell, 
Walter Van Dyke, 
Thos. H. Pinkerton.